THQ Partners and Machinima Join Forces to Publish and Promote Nexuiz, a Downloadable Arena Shooter from IllFonic

AGOURA HILLS, Calif. - Dec. 12, 2011 - THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) today announced that  Nexuiz, a full reimagining of Alien Trap Software’s cult-classic arena shooter on the PC, will be available for the Xbox 360 ® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft(via Xbox LIVE ®), Windows PC (via Steam and other digital partners), and PlayStation ®3 computer entertainment system (via PlayStation ®Network) in early 2012.

In  Nexuiz, developed by Denver-based IllFonic and powered by CryEngine ® 3, players will dominate opponents with their weapons of choice in futuristic arenas in which up to eight players continually alter the laws of physics by triggering 100 different Dynamic Mutators that change the match on the fly. With millions of Mutator combinations, no game is ever the same.

“Digital distribution has opened up a wealth of new opportunities for our industry, and really given indie developers like Illfonic a chance to shine, ”  said Tim Walsh, Vice President of THQ Partners. “In the case of  Nexuiz, we believe that gamers have been looking for an arena shooter title for a while and we think  Nexuiz is just that game—and at a terrific $9.99 price point.”

The launch of  Nexuiz will also benefit from an innovative marketing collaboration, leveraging THQ’s global retail and online publishing network and Machinima’s active community of dedicated gamers to drive awareness and sales of the title.

“We at Machinima are always looking for the best gaming and gamer-oriented content to share with our massive, engaged, global community of video gamers. We were very excited when we saw an early iteration of what Illfonic was creating and believe it will breathe new life into the arena-genre as a whole,” said Allen DeBevoise, chairman and CEO of Machinima. “As the world’s leading marketing platform for videogames, we were thrilled to partner with the THQ team and Illfonic to get the word out to our audience.”

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For additional information on IllFonic and  Nexuiz, please visit:  http://www.illfonic.com/

About THQ

THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) is a leading worldwide developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software. The company develops its products for all popular game systems, personal computers and wireless devices. Headquartered in Los Angeles County, California, THQ sells product through its global network of offices located throughout North America, Europe andAsia Pacific. More information about THQ and its products may be found at  www.thq.com. THQ and the THQ logo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc.

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About Machinima

Machinima is the dominant video entertainment network for serious gamers around the world. The number one entertainment channel on YouTube, Machinima served over 2 billion video views in 2010 alone, reaches over 116 million gamers monthly, and delivers over one billion video views a month, and growing. Machinima’s global content network features official publisher content, gameplay videos and original content, including over 20 original weekly shows, all aimed at the coveted 18–34 year old male demographic. Machinima is fast-becoming a global phenomenon with an ability to capture a cultural sensibility and awareness among a next generation of entertainment consumers and marketers alike. The company is backed by MK Capital and Redpoint Ventures, and is headquartered in Los Angeles, California.

About IllFonic

Illfonic is an indie video game development studio committed to delivering AAA games digitally to consoles and PC. Launched in 2007, IllFonic utilizes many avenues in pop culture to cross brand its products in film, television, sports, music and clothing. With offices in Los Angeles and Denver, the company has built a team of artists, developers, producers and musicians who believe that providing fun game-play means conveying the highest level of visual and musical awe along with an immersive environment.

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